The latest Mabel project updates

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    First Flight

    May 17th, 2015 | Mabel Restoration | Chris Fairfax | No Comments

    16th May 2015 and Mabel takes her first flight. See the Video section for a video of the flight. As you will hear the pilot remark at the end she really was rather good!

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    First Engine Start

    April 12th, 2015 | Mabel Restoration | Chris Fairfax | No Comments

    April 2015 and Mabel’s engine is started for the first time. The video shows the actual first time the engine has been started in 72 years since its full restoration. There had been no warm ups or practice runs. As you will see she started on the first go. The engine required quite vigorous primer […]

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    Undercarriage tested

    April 10th, 2015 | Mabel Restoration | Chris Fairfax | No Comments

    April 2015 and this video shows the first time in 72 years that Mabel’s undercarriage has been operated. Her spinner is fitted and she then stands proudly outside for the first time since 1943

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    Both wings on

    March 19th, 2015 | Mabel Restoration | Chris Fairfax | No Comments

    March 2015 and Mabel now has both her wings. This also shows her single radiator well and the piece with the tags is an original 1942 windscreen fillet that goes at the base of the bulletproof windscreen frame.

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    Mabel gets her first wing

    January 15th, 2015 | Mabel Restoration | Chris Fairfax | No Comments

    January 2015 and Mabel gets her first wing fitted. These images also show the advancing development of her cockpit and she even has a chance to size up an Me 109E through her newly fitted gunsight – “ahh, just like the old days!!”

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